Friday, February 22, 2013
The First Aid & Rescue Squad is looking to rejuvenate their Ladies Auxiliary membership.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Friday, February 22
The Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary was formed with the start of the squad in 1934. The Auxiliary plays a crucial role in helping the squad raise funds to support day-to-day operations. However, the membership in the Auxiliary has drastically gone down, explained Stephen Morley, president of the Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad. "Unfortunately, over the last few years their membership has decreased tremendously. We are hoping to reverse that," he said. An information session will be held for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer member of the Ladies Auxiliary. The session is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 28 Little Street. Those who are interested but are unable to attend can contact Fran at …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Fire, Police and EMS personnel braved a frigid Lake Lefferts to practice rescuing a person who slipped through the ice.
On a cold Sunday morning, Matawan Fire Cpt. Richard Michitsch walked out onto a frozen Lake Lefferts to re-cut square holes in the three-inch deep ice for emergency responders to simulate rescuing a victim from the frigid water. After an instructional session the morning of Jan. 27, the members of the Matawan Borough Fire Department, the Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad, the Matawan Police Department Advanced Services Unit and the Hopelawn Fire Department suited up in rubber body suits and prepared to plunge in. To become certified to perform an ice water rescue, Michitsch explained, emergency personnel had to successfully perform three different rescue methods as well as extricate themselves from the ice. The first method involved …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Emergency responders were trained on the fire department's newest water rescue boat, a red Zodiac fit for a town with so many lakes and creeks.
Bobbing in Lake Lefferts a short way from the dock off of Ravine Drive, is a member of the Matawan Borough Fire Department waiting to be rescued by fellow emergency responders during a water rescue drill on Sept. 23. Two firefighters climb into the department's new red Zodiac, designated as Marine-29-1, and launch into the lake, navigating four buoys on their way to their comrade, who is playing the role of the victim. As they approach, they place the boat into neutral and float the final distance toward the victim. Then the rescuers deploy a brightly colored net, wrap it under and around the victim, and hoist her onto the boat. They drive the victim to the dock where they use a similar rolling strategy to transfer her from the boat to the…